By
Charlotte Tyler
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August 21, 2023
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11:25 pm

Trump's attorney deems the Georgia indictment "quite outrageous" and suggests a possible transfer to federal court

Christina Bobb, one of the attorneys for former President Donald Trump, criticized the most recent criminal indictment against her client, but expressed confidence in Mr. Trump's eventual success.

This week, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis became the most recent prosecutor to file criminal charges against the former president, accusing him of violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in an alleged attempt to illegally alter the state's 2020 election results, as The Epoch Times reported.

President Trump is currently facing four distinct criminal indictments in four distinct locations.

In an interview with sister media NTD's "Capitol Report," Ms. Bobb described the latest indictment against the former president as "the strangest and most extreme" to date.

The 41-count indictment contains 13 accusations against President Trump and charges against at least 18 alleged conspirators.

In addition to the RICO violation, the former president is also charged with three counts of solicitation of an oath violation by a public officer, two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit filing of false documents, two counts of conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, two counts of committing false statements and writings, and one count of conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer.

In addition, the indictment alleges that the RICO conspiracy existed in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

"The fact that you've got a little district attorney in one county that's only part of Atlanta, doesn't even cover the whole city, is bringing claims for racketeering in Arizona and Pennsylvania and Michigan, and she's just greatly enlarged her jurisdiction by claiming racketeering. I think it's quite outrageous," Ms. Bobb said.

The former president's attorneys and legal advisors, campaign workers, and Georgia Republican Party leadership are among the co-defendants that Ms. Willis charged.

"The fact that she specifically indicted the head of the GOP for Georgia, as well as all of the president's attorneys, she's effectively turned the Republican Party into a criminal organization, according to her. So she's blatantly criminalized political opposition," Ms. Bobb said.

Ms. Willis' case may encounter at least one legal obstacle in the form of a federal law that permits individuals who held a federal office at the time of an alleged criminal act to have their cases heard in federal court.

Mark Meadows, who was also charged in the Georgia case and was White House chief of staff at the time, has already filed to have his case transferred to federal court, and numerous legal experts have speculated that President Trump may follow suit.

Moving the case from the Fulton County Superior Court to the local federal court could alter the trial's dynamics and ultimately benefit President Trump.

As the former president is standing for reelection in 2024, he could theoretically pardon himself of a federal conviction, but he has no such authority at the state level. One of President Trump's other attorneys, Alina Habba, went so far as to believe that Ms. Willis intentionally filed her indictment "so that if [Trump] is president, he can't pardon himself if he's convicted."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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